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We recently posted on Retirement home created from shipping containers, the story about how Bill Glennon and his wife are looking to construct thier retirement home from Shipping containers which have previously visited “the four corners of globe”

Now the Edmunton journal has a great video on thier project (you can view it http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Couple+retires+Rimbey+home+built+from+steel+shipping+containers/5703211/story.html)

What’s really impressive is Bill’s vision of what his house could be – this is vital when undertaking a project of this type – as you can pick up from the video there are a tonne of activities to complete before the home will be finished.

Also check out the sustainability angle – solar power, insulation,

While the home might not look great yet – you can tell from Bill’s passion that by the time he’s finished it’ll be stunning.

Example Shipping container homes

If your wondering what all the fuss is about and want to see some examples of shipping container homes we put together a short video exploring what can be done with the humble ISO shipping unit. As you can see they look pretty amazing dont they?

They are so versatile and the fact that you can design in a modular fashion means the possibilities from an architectural perspective are plentiful.

Anyway – check out our video and feel free to comment below.

Boxpark shipping container shopping mall to open

Whilst our site focuses using Shipping Containers as homes, we love to see them being used for other things too – Given this we’re really excited to see Boxpark Shopping mall over in London.

December will see one of the world’s first  shopping malls (albeit a temporary one),  open in the UK. This, however will not be your  typical shopping complex – this one will be constructed from  shipping containers – sixty of them.  This has caught the idea of a number of big brands with traders such as Nike and Puma taking part – This is London reports

But the idea of using shipping containers also comes with economic benefits. “Most traditional retail developments try to sign their tenants up to five- and 10-year leases. In this current economic environment, for new retailers who may not have had their own space before, that is a real liability,” says Wade, who leases space for as little as one year.

“It offers arguably the most cost-efficient and flexible way for new entrants to gain exposure in the retail market,” says Boxpark’s retail agent Mark Phillipson.

For more on this “pop up shopping mall” check out the official website boxpark.co.uk

Over at Robinsons International they’re running the story of the Glennon family, who live in Calgary in Canada, After scouring their local area and being hamstrung by high purchase prices they opted to develop their own retirement property from shipping containers.

Their new 5,000 square-foot home comes complete with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a games room and media rooms, garage and workshop. And the four-storey building, which has two levels above ground, also includes a massive garden on the eight-hectare property.
The plan is to reportedly cover the exterior of the 30 shipping containers with the material stucco, to make it look like a regular home.

Click the link above to read the full story.

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